Hawkeyes blitz Cyclones
By JOHN BOHNENKAMP
IOWA CITY — Luka Garza was angry as he sat, and it showed in the second half.
Garza surged after halftime and finished the game with 34 points in just 17 minutes, lifting No. 3 Iowa over Iowa State 105-77 on Friday night.
Garza missed nearly 11 minutes in the first half after picking up his second foul, but he responded with 25 points in the second half. He was 13 of 14 from the field — including 10 of 10 after halftime — and knocked down four straight 3-pointers.
“I definitely was a little bit frustrated,” Garza said. “Getting ticky-tack fouls is unlike me. And it was just upsetting. I wanted to get out there and just kind of let loose.”
The 6-foot-11 senior scored the most points by a Division I player who played less than 20 minutes in a game over the past 25 seasons.
“We were looking forward once he got going,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “He can score inside. He can score outside. He scores wherever you put him.”
“That stretch in the second half, Garza was really good,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. “He was good around the basket, but was terrific from 3.”
Jack Nunge had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Joe Wieskamp had 16 points for the Hawkeyes (5-0). Nunge, like Garza a 6-foot-11 center, had 15 points and eight rebounds in the first half with Garza on the bench.
“(Nunge) was awesome,” McCaffery said. “That’s what he does. He’s just a terrific player, and we needed him. Luka’s in foul trouble, and somebody’s got to step up. And he sure did.”
Garza came into the game ranked second in the nation in scoring at 29.5 points per game. He picked up his second foul with 10:48 left and didn’t play the rest of the half. Iowa State had a 15-2 run to take a 32-29 lead after Garza went out, but Iowa outscored the Cyclones 23-9 going into the break.
“I’m proud of the rest of our guys for taking care of business when I was out of the game,” Garza said. “It gives me confidence that, when I make a mistake like that, we’re not doomed.”
McCaffery said he thought about putting Garza back in late in the first half.
“I always want my guys to be able to play without being tentative,” McCaffery said. “As long as we were doing OK, I was going to leave him out a little longer. Put him back in if we had to. But I thought we were OK.”
Javan Johnson led Iowa State (1-2) with 20 points. Rasir Bolton had 18 points, and Jalen Coleman-Lands had 17.
Coleman-Lands has played against Iowa six times for three different teams — Illinois, DePaul and Iowa State — averaging 14.3 points.
Iowa has won three consecutive games in the in-state rivalry series, the Hawkeyes’ longest streak since 1988-90. The Hawkeyes, who lead the overall series 47-27, have won four of the last five.
The Hawkeyes showed they can play for long stretches without Garza, the lone unanimous selection to The Associated Press’ preseason All-America team. Iowa State, coming off a home loss to South Dakota State, stayed with Iowa through the first half, but the Hawkeyes’ late run heading into halftime ended the Cyclones’ momentum.
Iowa will play Northern Illinois on Sunday, the last game before facing No. 1 Gonzaga in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Dec. 19. Iowa State opens Big 12 play on Tuesday at home against Kansas State.